HUSBAND TAKES TRHA TO COURT

Wife, infant son die at hospital

By Elizabeth Williams

Brinsley Sheppard of Zion Hill, Belle Garden has taken High Court action against the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA), for damages and claims arising out of the deaths of his wife and infant son at the Scarborough Regional Hospital last October.
He has taken the action through his attorneys Martin George & Co. An investigation into the matter is still ongoing.
Sheppard was the husband of Leciana Mitchell-Sheppard and the father of a newborn baby boy Ajani Merrie Sheppard. Both mother and baby died at the Scarborough Regional Hospital October 31, 2014, where Leciana had been admitted to give birth to her baby.
Attorney Martin George told the Express, the TRHA failed to meet its deadline and submission of a report in the matter.
As part of the High Court action filed last Friday, Sheppard’s attorneys have asked the High Court to order and compel the TRHA to produce publicly the findings of the enquiry and they have repeated their call for a Commission of Enquiry to be set up to examine and look into the Tobago Health sector.
George told the Express, the late Leciana had a history of eight previous miscarriages which terminated her pregnancies early, and this was the first baby that herself and her husband Brinsley were actually having after trying for years and years on numerous occasions.
“So their joy, anticipation and excitement were indescribable and they went into the facilities of the TRHA for the delivery as the happiest couple in the world with a beaming, joyous Brinsley Sheppard holding the hand of his very pregnant wife. Two days later, both mother and child were dead and Brinsley’s entire world came crashing down around him,” George said.
George subsequently wrote to the Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar asking her to call upon President Anthony Carmona to institute a Commission of Enquiry into the Health sector in Tobago citing the failure and refusal of the TRHA officials to properly co-operate with the 2007 Gafoor Commission of Enquiry into the Health sector of both Trinidad and Tobago.
The autopsy revealed that Leciana died from hypovolemic shock and haemorrhage in the right anterior triangle of her neck.
Taken From:  http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Husband-takes-TRHA-to-High-Court-293539701.html
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